Sure, you may be one of the most powerful men in the galaxy, a dour destroyer of worlds whose masked visage strikes fear into your enemies, but even you want to flaunt a little when you’re, say, invited to a party (read: sarlacc feeding) on Jabba’s luxury sail barge. What’s a dark lord of the Sith to do?
Finally, Japanese precious metals purveyor Ginza Tanaka has the answer. It has created a $1.4 million solid gold Darth Vader helmet sure to impress everyone from the lowliest nerf herder to a galactic senator. Not advisable for wear by anyone without cybernetic enhancements, the 33-pound helmet took 10 goldsmiths three months to mold and assemble. The “life-size” helmet measures 10.4 inches wide by 11.8 inches high, and the company estimates the total value of the gold used in the mask at $658,000.
No stranger to this sort of grand golden tribute, Ginza Tanaka also constructed a Christmas tree from the precious metal in honor of Walt Disney’s 110th birthday in 2012 and debuted a solid gold bust of Japanese television superhero Ultraman earlier this year. And if lugging around a bulky gold helmet replica would add too many parsecs to your Kessel Run time, the company is also offering dedicated fans of that galaxy far, far away the chance to own a set of three 40th anniversary Star Wars commemorative coins for $11,000. Single coins imprinted with an image of Yoda or Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader engaged in a lightsaber battle are also available for $1,200 apiece.
The 24-karat gold Darth Vader mask goes on sale today at Ginza Tanaka’s flagship Tokyo store. (ginzatanaka.co.jp)